A Certificate of Origin is a document which identifies the manufacturing origin of goods being exported. These are normally issued by a Chamber of Commerce. It is required by customs in the buyer's country to determine tariff rates.

If any goods were manufactured overseas, evidence such as a commercial document will be required to be submitted along with any document being sent to the chamber.

Arab Certificates of Origin

Arab Certificates of Origin are normally required for shipments to Arab League Nations. These are:  Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

Prior to completing an Arab Certificate of Origin, it may be worthwhile obtaining written confirmation from your customer whether this documentation is required.  Some importers have arrangements with customs authorities where a European Certificate of Origin would be accepted.

If an Arab Certificate of Origin is requested, this document needs to be legalised by the relevant Embassy. This will incur additional costs and additional time.

When submitting your Arab Certificate of Origin to the chamber, a commercial invoice must also be supplied. If the gross weight of the shipment is not displayed on the invoice, then a packing list with this information must also be provided. Names and addresses of the manufacturer should be displayed on the front of each page.  

If any of the shipment was manufactured overseas, evidence of this should also be submitted.

Please contact for further information and assistance with this service, and how you can access it in person, by post, or by E-Cert. A guide on how to complete the Arab Certificate of Origin can found here.